Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Putting It Into Practice...

I am so glad I wrote that thankfulness post this morning. I am glad because it gave me the right perspective for what happened this evening.

On our way to a hotel to visit friends who are in town, we stopped at a red light. Our car shut off. Matt started it. Then he put it in gear. Well, he tried to put it in gear. The car said, "KA-THUNK!" And then it wouldn't move. You guessed it...it was the transmission.

It is now 10 p.m., and tomorrow, Teal Windstar will be leaving us for the salvage yard. At a whopping 15 years old with 225k miles on it, the cost of a new tranny is far more than the car is even worth. We are once again without a legally driveable vehicle. Am I complaining or depressed? Nope! Here's why.

1. I am thankful for the 2 years we had that car. It was given to us by a family that didn't need it. It gave us 40,000 miles, and lots of great memories.

2. I am thankful that it died on the way to the hotel at 4 p.m., instead of on the way home at 10 p.m.

3. I am thankful that Matt was driving, and that it didn't die when I was alone on my way somewhere in rush hour traffic...like I would have been if we hadn't been going to the hotel.

4. I am thankful that it happened right as we got off the freeway, not on the freeway during rush hour.

5. I am thankful for the nice man who left his car running at the stoplight in order to help us push our car to the gas station a block away.

6. I am thankful that Enterprise car rental agency was 1/4 mile away from the gas station.

7. I am thankful that the AAA tow truck was only 3 miles away, and not occupied with another call when our call came in.

8. I am thankful that a mere 30 minutes after the car died, the tow truck was hauling our car home, and we were on our way to the hotel driving the new rental car.

9. I am thankful that the money was in my bank account to cover the cost of renting a car for a week.

10. I am thankful that God already knew this was going to happen, and that He already has a solution to this car problem prepared for us.

Now we embark on the great adventure of buying another car. I am not worried about where the money is going to come from, nor am I worried about what kind of car we'll end up with. I am anticipating that God is going to do something really cool, and one week from now, I'll be driving a car that is just right for us. Stay tuned!

11. I am thankful that it was the van with no air conditioner that died!


Stef said...

Em, I've been praying for you guys. I'm praying that God will show Himself in a BIG way to you. Provide for you in ways none of us imagined. I'm anxious to hear/see how He does that.
Thank you for your attitude. Thank you for living out your faith in Christ and for purposing to be thankful and cheerful, even in the midst of great, great trial.

I love you.

Tara said...

LOL at #11...I bet so in that FL sunshine!

Tammy said...

Em your "no worries, God's got it!" attitude always refreshes and inspires me. Thank you!!! <3